Big Sky Economic Development

Big Sky Economic Development AssociationGranite Tower

222 North 32nd Street, Suite 200

Billings, MT 59101



Focused on sustaining and growing our region’s vibrant economy and outstanding quality of life. Big Sky Economic Development provides leadership and resources for business creation, expansion, retention, new business recruitment and community development.


Financing & Tax Incentives


Big Sky EDC offers both long-term fixed rate SBA 504 loan packages that typically require 10% owner equity, and revolving loan gap financing. Ask about Tax Incentive programs.

Community Development

CONTACT Dianne Lehm  406.869.8409

Develops and manages infrastructure, redevelopment and housing projects on behalf of Yellowstone

County.  Secures and administers grant funding; offers free grant-seeking training.

Small Business Development Center

CONTACT Dena Johnson  406.254.6014

Offers confidential one-on-one financial, operations and planning consulting to startup and established businesses at no cost.

Business Recruitment & Outreach

CONTACT Allison Corbyn  406.869.8420

Big Sky Economic Development promotes Yellowstone County to industry sectors including medical,

technology, energy, and manufacturing.

Business Retention & Expansion Services – BEAR Program

CONTACT Dena Johnson  406.254.6014

Business Expansion and Retention helps match businesses with volunteers, who are professionals in their field, to identify challenges and solutions. Participation in the program is free and confidential.

MT Procurement Technical Assistance Center


The center helps with the process between government agencies and MT companies that want to sell products and services to the government.

Member Investors Program

CONTACT Melanie Schwarz  406.869.8419

Big Sky EDC has over 125 member investors committed to the economic growth and development of our community. The business sector is critical in influencing government economic policies & attracting new business.

Veterans Business Outreach Center

CONTACT Sara Hudson  406.869.8408

The VBOC staff provide training, counseling, and consulting for transitioning service members, activate duty, veterans, reserve, guardsmen and their spouses who are interested in pursuing small business ownership.